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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tyranny of Understanding

"Understanding will never bring peace...trust in Me, not in your understanding. (You try) to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery...(but life's) endless series of problems...pop up to challenge you. The relief you had anticipated is short-lived. (You) search for understanding (mastery), instead of seeking Me (your Master)." (230)
I believe Satan often uses our "voracious appetite for trying to figure things out" to distract and derail us spiritually. I've worked with some brilliant people who eventually must face a situation or problem that baffles and frustrates them. They generally fall into two categories, that most of us also wrestle with...
The tendency to "figure things out" makes them hyper-focus on the problem leading them to overlook the more important, even obvious or eternal issues.
The other extreme, is their tendency to justify or excuse themselves from resolving situations that may challenge or expose their own flawed conclusions.
Basically, pride in our personal perspective or understanding of a situation can severely hinder us from humbly seeking out the Master's higher perspective and obeying Him.
So, it makes sense that the enemy will want to throw "an endless series of problems" in our path to keep our minds sufficiently distracted with troubles...and we've all experienced how a troubled mind cannot truly enjoy or emit peace. Then, Satan wins and we experience the costly fall-out.
What's God's rather simple, yet solid solution? Seeking Him "and the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7)
A heart and mind at peace is a much wiser, winsome, healthier way to live!
Simply Seeking Him...dmc

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